Drama in years 7 and 8 allows the students to have the confidence and ability to put across a particular point of view. We teach the students to identify with characters and actions through role-play whilst learning how to work with others to solve human and practical problems. The students are encouraged to invent and develop convincing roles in specific situations and create and take part in improvised scenes in order to explore issues. The students know how to structure dramatic sequences in order to convey meaning whilst being aware of the need for dramatic conventions to communicate their intentions to an audience.
The theoretical ethos of the theatre is also explored in many ways to ensure the students develop their use of theatrical language whilst building their own appreciation of drama in performance, both as a participant and as a spectator. They will be able to evaluate their own achievements as an individual and through groups in which they work and learn critical awareness.
Our GCSE in Drama encourages students to develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study whilst working imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts.
Students will generate, develop and communicate ideas whilst reflecting on and evaluate their own work and the work of others. There are three units to complete, 60% coursework and 40% final examination actively engaging the students in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
GCSE in Drama encourages students to develop a personal interest in why drama matters, and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, whilst working imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts.
Students will generate, develop and communicate ideas whilst reflecting on and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
There are three units to complete:
- Unit 1 is about exploring stimuli to create original drama.
- Unit 2 is exploring a text and seeing how it can be interpreted.
- Unit 3 is all about performance.
The GCSE is made up of:
- 75% practical assessment
- 25% written assessment
- A 5000 word portfolio
The whole GCSE is aimed at developing young learners’ appreciation of the theatre world and how it can be interpreted.
We workshop, explore, create, go and see and perform live theatre to get the highest level of understanding of the art form that is ‘Theatre’.
The BTEC Level 3 course in Performing Arts covers 9 units of theatre which span a whole range of styles and genres. There is a real mix of contemporary and experimental theatre right the way through to classical texts.
The units chosen are aimed at giving the students the greatest breadth of experience in practical and analytical skills, preparing them for a variety of different career paths in the theatre. Students gain knowledge and practical understanding of the chosen areas and are required to experiment, research, review and refine their work, whilst gaining an understanding of what it is to create performance.
The course offers a selection of units to support and extend students where needed to achieve the best possible achievement for the individual. We see as much live theatre as possible and frequently showcase our work to the public.
Collaboration and dedication are the ultimate skills needed in order to succeed at Melksham Oak Community School in Performing Arts. It is a subject which needs time to foster excellent work to which we are so frequently praised for achieving.